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Challenging periods of life can place excessive demands on the body and mind. When this happens, the result is stress, which is a natural response to a threat or demand of any kind. In some situations, increased stress levels may increase productivity and response to stimuli, as long as it is within your comfort zone. However, if stress begins to overwhelm the system, it can be detrimental to physical, emotional, and cognitive health. The following symptoms are common in people who are suffering from stress overload. If you recognize any of them, take action to reduce your stress and refresh your mind.

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1. Loss of Mental Agility

Stress affects cognitive ability. Stress overload causes loss of mental agility in several ways, since the release of stress hormones has a negative effect on the functioning of certain brain areas. Therefore, when an individual is stressed, they may experience memory loss, confusion, and lack of concentration.

Cognitive signs of stress are often not taken seriously and passed off as general carelessness or laziness. However, if stress levels do not reduce over time, people may find themselves seriously handicapped in situations where mental agility and alertness are required. Naturally, professionals are liable to be most affected by this negative manifestation of stress, and their productivity can decrease significantly as a result.

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